Businesses face problems in rural and remote areas promoting Continual Professional Development due to lack of engagement with educational institutions. One of the objectives of the hearing is to present relevant civil society proposals to help rural and remote areas address challenges in vocational education and training, while contributing to recommendations on how they can be tackled.
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For the first time, UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner paid visit to the EESC, the institutional representation of organised civil society in the EU institutional set-up.
On Wednesday 25 March 2015, the Various Intersts' Group of the EESC held an extraordinary meeting in Riga, in the form of a large conference, to mark the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
The Keynote addresses were given by Andris Piebalgs, Former EU Commissioner, Advisor to the President of Latvia on: "Economic growth and social progress in Latvia – the influence of the energy sector" and Sergejs Kruks, Professor of Riga Stradina University who will address the issue of "Latvian crisis management: social and communication aspects."
"Implentation of LEADER: some experiences from Poland and elsewhere"
The "Smart Islands" project is the continuation of the European Economic and Social Committee's (EESC) own-initiative opinion on Smart Islands.
The project aims to engage and exchange with local stakeholders on innovative projects developed locally, which create sustainable growth and, at the same time, job opportunities and competiveness, whilst respecting the environment and cultural heritage".
As outcome of the project, a catalogue of good practices was published in 2017.
"View on the future of Leader from a DG AGRI perspective: Leader as the main local development instrument"
"The Court examined whether the Leader approach has been implemented in ways that add value, while minimising the risks to sound financial management"
The NAT section prepares the EESC’s work in two key areas of EU policy: agriculture and rural development, as well as the environment.